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By Beth Blecherman | #Tech updates and #trends from #CES and what's new in Consumer Electronics

Nikon Still Has Plans For A High-End Compact Camera

Compact cameras used to seen as cheap and affordable cameras for the masses back in the day. However in recent years, camera manufacturers have …

HP Pro X2 612 G2, 2-in-1 Detachable Laptop/Tablet

At MWC, HP is launching a business 2-in-1 detachable PC: the new <b>HP Pro X2 612 G2</b> replaces the G1 hardware that was around for nearly two years, so …

Huawei Watch 2, Watch 2 Classic Announced At MWC 2017

[MWC 2017] Earlier this month Huawei confirmed that they will be launching a new smartwatch at MWC 2017, and sure enough they have. Given that Huawei …

Buying guide: Best cheap cameras 2016

Want to buy a decent camera, but don't want to break the bank? The good news is that there are some cracking cameras out there if you're on a tight …

Cameras

The LG Watch Sport is too big for its own fitness-tracking good

A good fitness tracker — if you can stand to wear it<p>If you’re considering the LG Watch Sport as a health-and-fitness tracking sport watch, I won’t blame you. But if you have small-ish wrists, I will dissuade you.<p>This new smartwatch, made by Google and LG, <i>seems</i> like it would be the platonic form of …

Wearable Tech

The 10 Most Innovative Companies In Consumer Electronics 2017

Amazon, Google, and eight others are driving the future of consumer electronics.<p>In the old days, every outfit in a list of important consumer electronics companies would have made . . . you know, consumer electronics. Stuff like TVs. But in this era, as more of the products in our lives look like …

Innovation

How Eero Plans To Fend Off Wi-Fi Rivals: Lower Prices And No Distractions

The startup's whole-home Wi-Fi system is getting a price cut on its first birthday. Can it stay on top of the market it created?<p>After jump-starting the whole-home Wi-Fi market last February, Eero is celebrating its first birthday with price cuts.<p>While conventional routers try to cover an entire …

Wi-Fi

Windows 10's mail app gets Focused Inbox and calendar improvements today

Microsoft is updating its Mail and Calendar apps for Windows 10 today with some features that the company has been using in its mobile apps. The biggest addition is Focused Inbox, a feature that was first available on Outlook for iOS and Android.<p>In Windows 10, Focused Inbox lets you separate out an …

Microsoft

Gboard for iPhone gets an upgrade

In May 2016, you first met Gboard, our app that let you search and send information, GIFs, emoji and more, right from your keyboard. In July, Gboard …

Google

The Best Printers of 2016

Whether inkjet or laser, monochrome or color, or for home or the office, picking the right printer is important. Here's what you need to know when …

3D Printing

Best Printers of 2017

This robot butler follows you around and carries your stuff

Say goodbye to bags, luggage, and purses – and hello to your own cargo ‘bot.<p>Piaggio – the company behind the Vespa scooter – created “Gita,” a ball-shaped blue robot whose name means “short journey.” Piaggio says that Gita rolls after its owner on two wheels at speeds up to 22 mph, and carries …

Robots

Upcoming OLED iPhone Will Include 'Revolutionary' Front Camera With 3D Sensing Abilities

The upcoming OLED model of the 2017 iPhone 8 will gain a "revolutionary" front-facing camera system that consists of three modules and have fully-featured 3D sensing capabilities, according to new predictions shared by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The upgraded camera system will be fueled …

iPhone

How to Claim Your Nintendo Switch User ID Now

The Nintendo Switch is about a week away from launch, but you don't have to wait until Mar. 3 to claim your online ID for the highly anticipated new …

Nintendo

Apple HomeKit: What Is It, and How Do You Use It?

As Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home have shown, the ability to control your home with simple commands is no longer the stuff of sci-fi or limited to …

Home Automation

Microsoft Accelerates HoloLens V3 Development, Sidesteps V2

It was a little over two years ago that Microsoft first showed the world HoloLens and the company immediately grabbed headlines around the globe …

Microsoft

Samsung warns customers not to discuss personal information in front of smart TVs

Samsung has confirmed that its "smart TV" sets are listening to customers' every word, and the company is warning customers not to speak about …

Samsung

11 Tips for Working Out With the Apple Watch

SELF has been excited about the Apple Watch for some time—we featured it on our March cover with Candice Swanepoel and our Fitness Director Liz …

Wearable Tech

Hands-on with the 01: the ‘dimensioning instrument’ that can measure any object

A pen-like device linked to a smartphone app, this gadget claims to be more accurate than a ruler – but will it go the distance?<p>Billed as “the world’s first dimensioning tool”, the InstruMMent 01 looks like a pen, writes like a pen and doubles up as a handheld measuring device. Late last year, its …

Wearable Tech

The renter's guide to smart-home tech

Don't let not owning a home stop you from taking advantage of smart-home tech.<p>There's a lot that's tempting about smart-home tech, but if you don't actually own a home, you might feel like your hands are tied. After all, the last thing you want is to swap out a light switch or a thermostat only to …

Smart Homes

Google is finally taking fitness seriously with Android Wear 2.0

It won't replace a Fitbit, but there is still a lot it does well.<p>Google's Android Wear 2.0 watch platform is the company's biggest shot yet at jumping into the fitness tracking world dominated by companies like Fitbit. Is it there yet? Not quite.<p>The company's revamped smartwatch operating system …

Wearable Tech

Spin Master's BB-8 is still cute and you can get one this year

The cute spherical BB-8 was one of the many highlights of <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i>, and Spin Master's near life-size replica of him was one of our favorite things about last year's Toy Fair. Unfortunately, 2016 came and went without seeing the adorable robotic companion on the silver screen -- …

Star Wars

Free Reverb App Brings Amazon's Alexa to Mac Desktops, iPhones and iPads

Developers at U.S. digital consultancy Rain have created a little-known app called Reverb that allows users to access Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant from their Mac desktop or iOS device.<p>Launching the free Mac app prompts users to sign in to their Amazon account, after which a window opens showing …

Apple

How to Safely Clean Your Dirty, Disgusting Smartphone

That smartphone in your hand? Oh, it just has 10x more germs per square inch than a public toilet seat.<p>OK, the numbers are a bit skewed—toilets tend to be cleaner than you think because they get scrubbed down so often. But even so your iPhone or Android phone could have over 25,000 germs per square …

Hacking

How to Use and Personalize Your Apple Watch

It's been two years since the Apple Watch's debut and while it hasn't yet become as indispensable as the smartphone, it's still managed to fill a …

iOS

16 Best Alexa Skills for Trivia

Sony SmartWatch 3 Owners Petition For Android Wear 2.0

When Google announced the release of Android Wear 2.0, there were a bunch of smartwatches confirmed by Google that would be getting the update. …

Why every US carrier suddenly changed their unlimited plan this week

It’s been a weird week in the world of major cell providers. After years of moving away from offering unlimited plans after the rise of data-hungry smartphones, Verizon announced out of the blue on Sunday that it would be offering a new unlimited plan to customers again. T-Mobile, who had …

ISPs

How Sonos will take on Alexa and Google: by integrating them

A conversation with Patrick Spence<p>It’s a weird time for Sonos — and not because it recently got a new CEO. That transition seems to have happened without much drama, with Patrick Spence taking over a company he’d already been with for some time. But there is <i>plenty</i> of drama in the wireless speaker …

Amazon Echo